First World War: then and now

Grants from £3,000 to £10,000
Explore the heritage of the First World War with grants of £3,000–£10,000. This programme has a short application form, and is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants.
A woman tram conductor issues a ticket to a British soldier. By permission of Imperial War Museums (Q109772) Credit: Imperial War Museums (Q109772)

The First World War affected millions across the globe and shaped the world we live in. The Centenary is a chance to understand the war better, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today.

Everyone should have the chance to discover more about the war and mark the Centenary. That’s why we are providing this special grant programme for community projects. You can apply at any time up to 2019. We also provide grants of more than £10,000 for First World War projects through Our Heritage and Young Roots.



More about this grant programme

We want the projects we fund to make a real difference for heritage, people and communities, so we assess applications against a set of outcomes. You can read about these in the application guidance. As a minimum, we expect a project under this programme to achieve at least one of our outcomes for people.

You can apply quickly and easily, and we will assess your application within eight weeks.

If you've got a question about applying, or delivering your project, check out our First World War FAQs. You can also ask your own questions in our Online Community to get advice from grantees who've already been there and done it themselves.

When you need to apply

There are no application deadlines for this programme – apply anytime. Your application will be discussed at a monthly advisory meeting at your local Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) office. Following this meeting, a decision on your application will be made by the Head of your local HLF office.

However, we will be launching our new Funding Framework early in 2019 and will therefore not be accepting applications under this programme after 18 January 2019.


Intergenerational workshop at Rockcliffe First School Credit: Intergenerational workshop at Rockcliffe First School

Young people from North Tyneside found out how the First World War affected their local communities through a range of creative activities.

The piper playing his comrades into action is an iconic image of war.

As well as telling the stories of those who were lost, the project will feature events about the home front: the first ever Zeppelin air

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